Originally written on Ghanasoccernet  |  Last updated 11/4/14
Mubarak Wakaso scores from the spot for Ghana against Burkina Faso - 2013 Ghana, down and out after their shock semi-final loss to Burkina Faso here Wednesday, will pick thermselves up to face Mali in the third-place play-off, assistant coach Maxwell Konadu said.  Despair was etched all over captain Asamoah Gyan’s face at the post-match  press conference following the 3-2 penalty shootout loss to a team ranked 66  rungs below them in FIFA’s world table. The defeat leaves them heading down to Port Elizabeth for the bronze-medal  tie on Saturday rather than lining up in Soweto’s Soccer City 24 hours later  against Nigeria in the final. Ghana arrived at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with high hopes of securing  their first title for 31 years, but instead face a repeat of last year when  they finished fourth after losing 2-0 to Mali in a play-off. Konadu said it was up to him, head coach Kwesi Appiah and the rest of the  technical staff to lift the players’ morale. “It’s our respon...
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